Thursday, November 19, 2009

Small Bits of News You Didn’t Know you Needed

Woman demanded to be arrested at Cumberland County Prison
An intoxicated Carlisle woman went to the Cumberland County Prison on Monday and demanded to be arrested "so she could help the prisoners inside," police in Middlesex Township said.
Police said Janet L. Ritter, 67, pulled into the prison parking lot at 4:19 p.m., locked her car and left the headlights on, then went to the jail's front door and demanded to be admitted.
When a corrections officer told her she couldn't come in, Ritter grabbed his shirt and tried to push past him, police said.
While she didn't get into the prison, police said Ritter was charged with drunken driving, public drunkenness, disorderly conduct and trespassing.
Man carrying $600 stole a pencil
Police have arrested a man after he allegedly stole a pencil from a Bellingham store even though he was carrying $600 in cash. The man, 44, was booked into the Whatcom County Jail after police learned he had an outstanding warrant from Everett.
Officers questioned the man about why he stole the mechanical pencil, worth $5.99, when he had enough money to pay for it. Police said the suspect just responded: "I don't know, being stupid I guess."
Soldiers Given Onions, Garlic to Fight H1N1 Flu
Moldova's army is feeding its soldiers onions and garlic to help them ward off swine flu.
Defense Ministry chief doctor Col. Sergiu Vasislita says about 0.9 ounces (25 grams) of onions and 0.5 ounces (15 grams) of garlic will be added to each soldier's daily diet. That roughly corresponds to a small onion and a couple of garlic cloves.
Onion and garlic are traditional remedies in Moldova where they are widely believed to boost the immune system.
Vasislita said Thursday that the measure was taken after 24 soldiers fell sick with swine flu in the past two weeks. More than 1,000 Moldovans have swine flu with 90 new cases reported daily.
About 6,500 troops serve in the army of Moldova, a small former Soviet republic bordering Romania and Ukraine.
Mail carrier found drunk, eating noodles
Police in Marion, Iowa and postal authorities are investigating the case of a mail carrier who was allegedly found drunk inside a residence while on the job.
Police said the postal worker, 46, was charged with public intoxication Nov. 3 after she was found sitting on the kitchen floor of 95-year-old woman's house, eating leftover noodles from her refrigerator.
Police Lt. Steve Etzel said Tuesday that the woman apparently entered the home through an unlocked front door. He said she was in uniform and had mail and a mail-carrying bag with her.
The woman, a 17-year employee of the U.S. Postal Service, was taken to the Linn County Jail. Marion Postmaster Rick Leyendecker said the woman is currently on unpaid leave.

Did cook spit in police chief's burger?
Man could get up to 10 years in prison if convicted
On the first day of the trial of a cook accused of spitting on a hamburger served to the Burnet police chief, jurors heard a recording of what Jaime Perez told an officer: "I did it," Perez said on the recording. "That ain't no lie."
However, Perez's attorney, Tim Cowart, said during the trial Monday that there was no physical evidence against his client. All the prosecution has, Cowart said, is that Perez "mouthed off" to a few people.
Perez is charged with harassment of a public servant, a felony punishable by up to 10 years in prison. The prosecution presented its witnesses Monday and played the tape of Perez telling a Burnet police officer that he tampered with Chief Paul Nelson's burger in October 2008 at local restaurant Andy's Landing.

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